Jason Bateman and Amanda Anka on Sept. 26
10/30/2006 AT 02:25 PM EST
Jason Bateman and his wife, Amanda Anka, welcomed their first child, a girl, PEOPLE has learned.
Their daughter, Francesca Nora Bateman, was born on Saturday in Los Angeles, according to the actor's rep, Cara Tripicchio.
Bateman and Anka, both 37, knew each other as casual acquaintances for years before they started dating in 1998. They wed in Malibu on July 3, 2001.
Anka, an actress, is the daughter of singer-songwriter Paul Anka. She has appeared in such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Diagnosis Murder.
Bateman rose to fame as a child actor on Silver Spoons and The Hogan Family. The actor most recently starred in the critically acclaimed FOX sitcom Arrested Development, for which he won a Golden Globe last year. (After three years, the series was canceled in February.)
The couple live in Los Angeles, close to Bateman's sister, Justine, who starred in the '80s sitcom Family Ties.
Up next for the actor is a role in the romantic comedy Fast Track with Amanda Peet and Zach Braff.